Earlier this year, my writing pal and colleague Jeff Lyons and I put together a two-part article series called "Five Essential Steps to Crafting Your Premise Line." It's been such a popular post (we even did a Writer's Chat session on it), that I decided to compile the article into a free guidebook for you, along with a workbook for helping you craft your own Premise Line.
For writers, whether you're writing fiction, screenplays, or creative non-fiction, a premise line is an incredibly valuable tool that will help you both develop and test the basis of your story.
A premise line is more than just a logline or synopsis. They’re related, but different animals.
Using a premise line has become an integral part of my story development work. Not only do I use a premise line to develop my story, I use it to track my work, test the concept, and more. In the guidebook (or in the two-part article here and here), you'll find out how to develop a premise line yourself. Then you can use the workbook to craft your own. The workbook comes in two formats: A PDF format for printing and handwriting your answers into and an RTF format for easy importing into Scrivener or Word, where you can type into it directly (my favorite!).
Download the Master Your Premise Line Guidebook here:
If you like the guide, be sure to let us know in the comments.
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